Surveillance for vector-borne diseases among active and reserve component service members, U.S. Armed Forces, 2010-2016.


O’Donnell FLStahlman SFan M.  MSMR. 2018.


This report summarizes available health record information about the occurrence of vector-borne infectious diseases among members of the U.S. Armed Forces during a recent 7-year surveillance period. Information about confirmed, possible, and suspected cases was obtained from electronic reports of reportable medical events (RMEs) and records of diagnoses documented during hospitalizations and outpatient healthcare encounters. Lyme disease and malaria were the most common diagnoses among confirmed and possible cases. Diagnoses of chikungunya and Zika were elevated in the years following their respective entries into the Western Hemisphere. Large numbers of diagnoses of arboviral diseases were recorded in the category of suspected cases, but the overwhelming majority were associated with coding errors and tentative diagnoses not subsequently confirmed. For many confirmed cases, documentation could not be found in healthcare databases for positive laboratory tests that would be the basis for confirmation. Discussion covers the limitations of the available data and the importance to surveillance of RMEs, confirmatory laboratory tests, and accurate recording of diagnoses and their codes.



Houston we have a problem.  Due to the military’s over reliance upon the antiquated and unscientific CDC-two-tiered testing that misses over half of all cases, the numbers for Lyme Disease are going to be infinitely higher.  Not only that, many coinfections are not even reportable so nobody has a bead on those.

I have buddies who are dropped into Northern Wisconsin for drill.  They report to me that literally thousands of ticks are crawling all over them.  How many ticks does it take to become infected?  ONE.  However, I know many of these soldiers who have had to quit their military careers as the military will not acknowledge their infection with Lyme/MSIDS let alone treat it beyond 21 days of doxycycline.

Our service men and women are in harms way – probably far more from ticks and other insects than from enemy fire.  A true story of how a soldier with Lyme/MSIDS was treated by the military.  “Cancer, AIDS, Weaponized Mycoplasmas & Gulf War Illness. Prof. Garth Nicolson’s hypothesis is straightforward: “The emergence of new illnesses and an increase in the incidence rate of previously described signs & symptoms are due to our toxic environment & the purposeful development & testing of Weapons of Mass Destruction.” 

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